A consultation is seeking to strengthen the regulations around dog breeding and pet sales.

Image: © Freeimages/Mario Alberto Magallanes Trejo.
Image: © Freeimages/Mario Alberto Magallanes Trejo.

On 20 December, Defra announced proposals to introduce tougher dog breeding licensing to protect the welfare of puppies from back street breeders.

Strengthening regulations will make it easier to identify and take action against irresponsible breeders who pay little regard to the health and welfare of the puppies they raise, Defra said.

Animal welfare minister George Eustice said: “We are a nation of dog lovers, but it is crucial puppies are cared for properly and socialised in the first three months if they are to enjoy healthy and happy lives.

“We are aiming to reform the licensing regime we have so that smaller puppy breeding establishments must abide by the same regulations and licensing rules as bigger breeders, so the worst offenders can be dealt with more quickly.”

Other animal related licensed activities will also be reviewed, including pet sales to address problems associated with the growing trend for internet sales that can contribute to impulse buying.

The consultation will tighten up the licensing regulations for breeders by clarifying existing rules requiring any breeding businesses to have a licence.

The proposals will also increase the number of smaller back street breeders, who may not consider themselves a business, which will require a licence by making it a requirement for anyone producing three or more litters of puppies per year.

The consultation also seeks to formalise the adoption of existing model conditions on good breeding health and welfare by making it a requirement for breeders to comply and for local authorities to use them.

For more information, visit www.gov.uk/government/news/tougher-dog-breeding-licence-controls-to-protect-puppies

View your activity >

Leave a Reply

Be the First to Comment!

Notify of


related content

Ian Ramsey, Susanna Spence and Emma Roberts having all been involved in a desoxycortone pivalate clinical trial, provide a review of hypoadrenocorticism, as well as suggestions for management in dogs.

29 mins

James Oxley and Tamara Montrose take a look at several cases and research studies into the causes and factors related to cats falling from tall structures, and the resulting injuries sustained.

11 mins

Sebastien Behr looks at signs, diagnosis and treatment of masses found in the pituitary gland.

7 mins

Zoetis has launched Sileo, a novel oromucosal gel designed to help calm pets suffering noise phobias.

3 mins

Research into brachycephalic cats has found flatter-faced breeds have more severe respiratory problems and are likely to be less active.

4 mins

The announcement of a regionalised approach to eliminating bTB in Wales has been welcomed by the British Veterinary Association.

4 mins